Solomon Codey

The Star-Ledger's The Auditor broke an interesting piece of Trenton insider news on Sunday with a report that Senate President Richard Codey might pick a Republican, Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance, as the new Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman. That would help Codey avoid having to choose between the two top Democratic aspirants: Barbara Buono and Paul Sarlo. Buono and Sarlo each believe they have a commitment to get the post.

Two weeks ago, Buono delivered a key vote in support of Stephen Sweeney's bid for Majority Leader, while Codey was backing Sarlo. Now Sarlo wants the job Buono was supposed to get, putting the popular former Governor – who excels in this type of insider baseball – in a position of having to pick one of his two close allies.